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Library Service Updates & Resources- COVID-19


  • The second floor computer lab in the Library building is still open; check hours here; all other floors are closed.
  • The Library is open for UTEP students, staff, and faculty ONLY- entrance to the building allowed with UTEP ID and a face covering.
  • Limited seating and computers are available in the building, to facilitate social distancing of at least 6ft.
  • Book check-out is currently limited to requests by faculty and graduate students only-- see how here.
  • Faculty and graduate students may access the Special Collections Department and Microform collections by appointment-- see how here.
  • Books due between March 1 and May 30 have been extended to May 31; see here for more details about borrowing and fees.
  • Interlibrary Loan is still accepting requests for digital items; see here for more details about current ILL service.
  • Library services like research assistance and library/ information literacy instruction are still available; ask us for research help here, and see here for more details about what we can do to support online teaching.

Within the Building

The hours for the 2nd floor computer lab have changed. All other floors in the building are closed until further notice.

See our scheduled hours here.

How to Get In

  • Show UTEP ID
  • Wear face covering (to remain on while in the Library)

Practice Social Distancing

  • No groups-- individual work only
  • Maintain distance (6 feet)
  • Cover coughs / sneezes
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds

Partner Departments in the Building

  • Technology Support is still closed; contact them here.
  • The University Writing Center is no longer offering in-person sessions but is helping people online or through email; visit their site for details.

Off Campus Use of the Library

You can still use the Library online:

  • Access articles and e-books
  • Request items via Interlibrary Loan
  • Ask us questions

Make sure you're connected to the UTEP network! See this page for details.

Services for Faculty and Graduate Students

In our continuing efforts to support student and faculty research during the campus closure, the UTEP Library has implemented procedures to provide the following services to UTEP Graduate Students and UTEP Faculty:

  • Book Retrieval
  • Special Collections Access
  • Microform Access

We understand the importance of being able to move forward on critical research and will continue to do all we can to support your academic endeavors.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time using this form.

Who can check out materials?
Current UTEP faculty and graduate students.
Where to submit the request?
Use this form, also available at, to submit your request.
What information should the book request include?

  • *Title, Author, Year
  • Location, Call Number
  • ​*UNIV ID number
  • Alternative pick-up person name, if appllicable

 *= required information

What collections can books be requested from?
Main Stacks only.
How to pick up the books?
After receiving an email notification that their requested items are ready, faculty and graduate students may pick their items up at the UTEP Library's Access Services Desk on the second (entry) floor.
How long will it take for the requests to be ready for pick-up?
1-2 business days.


If you need resources from Special Collections, please contact Claudia Rivers ( or Abbie Weiser ( to schedule an appointment.

If you need access to our Microfilm/Microfiche collections, please request an appointment using this form.

Information for Faculty

Copyright experts have said that copyright law and fair use allow use of PARTS of copyrighted works for online learning. Click here to learn about using copyrighted work for your online course material.

Borrowing and/or Returning Materials

Book borrowing is suspended until further notice. You may still return items to the Library building-- however, all items currently due have been extended to May 31, 2020.

Due Dates and Late Fees

All books that were due between March 1st and May 30th have had their due dates moved to May 31st so that patrons do not need to come to the library to renew or return books.  Library late fees incurred during this time are also being waived.

InterLibrary Loan

Requests to Interlibrary Loan for print materials are currently not being processed. Requests for digital items, like articles and book chapters, are still being processed and filled.

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